Nesting Season

Birds bumping into the screens and windows.

Did they feel the equinox bump us

into nesting season? The robins came early

and found snow covering the frozen worms.

I want to leave the nest now.



Things Undone


The birds sense winter coming this morning.

Sparrows flutter, fight and search the eaves

for hiding places from the next season.

Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, all anxiously feeding,

reminding me of things still left undone.

From his gloved hand,

the falconer tries to train the goshawk.

This fierce raptor’s pale-eyed view of death

is graceful control and surrender. This duality

of taming the fierce and feral parts

of the bird, ourselves and the world.


British goshawk by Archibald Thorburn, 1915 (public domain)


Inspired by reading H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald – a book about much more than training a goshawk.